China unveils sumptuous hotel shaped like a giant, glowing doughnut...
perfect for those who feel their life is stuck in a jam
In keeping with its status as a rising global superpower, China is showing off its new wealth with an increasing number
of landmark buildings. But this could be the most incredible yet. The 27-storey Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort,
looms over the skyline of Huzhou, near Shanghai, in the shape of a massive glowing donut.
Set on the shores of Lake Taihu and offering 321 spacious guest rooms, including 44 suites and 39 villas, it's an
ideal destination for China's newly affluent business class.
Big glowing doughnut: The 27-storey Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, looms over the skyline of Huzhou, near Shanghai
China in the 21st Century: A classic Chinese junk sails the waters of Lake Taihu as the Sheraton Huzhou soars across the horizon
'Gather with those who matter': Offering
321 guest rooms, including 44 suites and 39 villas, the hotel is an
ideal destination for
China's newly affluent business class
destination: At just seven degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer,
Huzhou has a subtropical monsoon climate and an average annual
temperature of 12.2-16.1C
The Sheraton website boasts that visitors to their latest hotel can see some of the areas top attractions and,
perhaps more crucially, 'gather with those who matter'.
At just seven degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer, Huzhou has a subtropical humid monsoon climate and
an average annual temperature of 12.2-16.1C.
Known as 'The City of Silk', the ancient metropolis is situated on the southern shores of Lake Taihu in the
northern part of Zheijang Province. It is hailed as the birthplace of the Far East's famous tea culture.
Guests to the Sheraton Huzhou will stay in the most opulent surroundings.
Imperial splendour: The lobby of the
Sheraton Huzhou is lit by 20,000 Swarovski and European natural crystal
lamps arranged in a
wave-like formation across its ceiling. The floor is paved with Afghan White Jade and Tiger's Eye Stone from Brazil
Luxury: Another view of the hotel's sumptuous lounge, which is decorated
with beautiful Chinese art including this magnificent sculpture
Grand: The lobby lounge of the Sheraton Huzhou is an ideal spot to meet over coffee or cocktails
Ultra modern: The Sheraton Huzhou's Feast Signature restaurant, where
guests can enjoy classic dishes from an international menu in luxurious
Al fresco dining: On hot days diners at the Feast restaurant can enjoy their meals on this beautiful terrace
Traditional: The Yue Chinese restaurant, where guests can enjoy the finest in local cuisine
A private dining room of the Yue restaurant that would be ideal for
high-powered business dinners with movers and shakers in China's vibrant
While the hotel, which is designed by Beijing-born architect Ma Yanson, appears in the shape of a horseshoe
the bottom ends are in fact connected by two basement levels.
The ostentatious lobby is lit by 20,000 Swarovski and European natural crystal lamps arranged in a wave-like
formation across its ceiling, while the floor is paved with Afghan White Jade and Tiger's Eye Stone from Brazil.
There are three restaurants, catering for tastes both domestic and international, each with private rooms, and
informal liaisons can be conducted over cocktails of coffee in one of the two lounges.
Just look: One of the hotel's deluxe twin rooms, complete with panoramic views over Lake Taihu
First-class comfort: The sitting room of one of the Sheraton Huzhou's
Club Suites, again with floor to ceiling fenestration looking out over
Perfect for a romantic getaway: Junks sail past in the morning mist, as seen through the windows of one of the hotel's luxurious Studio Suites
Perfect for a foursome? Two double beds
in one of the Sheraton Huzhou's Twin Premier Rooms. Each room includes a
a large work desk
with an ergonomic chair, High Speed Internet Access, an LCD flat screen
television, and an iPod docking station
Clean and well-appointed: A King Premier
Room. Other features of the accommodation include walk-in wardrobes,
in-room safes, ironing boards
and wake-up and housekeeping services
A guest bathroom in one of the resort's suites: Decorated in marble, they include sunken bathtubs and 'rainforest' showers
Each of the Sheraton Huzhou's guest rooms includes a private balcony, a large work desk with an ergonomic chair,
High Speed Internet Access, an LCD flat screen television, and an iPod docking station.
Suites boast marble bathrooms complete with sunken bathtubs and walk-in 'rainforest' showers.
While the hotel, like much of what is going on in China, seems geared towards businessmen, with vast and
well-equipped conference facilities and 16 meeting spaces covering a total of 2,200sq/m.
Sheraton boasted: 'The Grand Ballroom is ideal for large, lavish gatherings or conferences. Private meeting rooms
on the 22nd floor offer a heightened level of exclusivity, while the best lake view can be appreciated from the
300-square-meter multi purpose Taihu Room on the 27th floor.
'The resort’s event facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, and our planning and
banquet teams will work with you on every detail.'
Time for a dip: The indoor swimming pool, part of a fully featured fitness and spa complex within the Sheraton Huzhou
Stay healthy: Cardio and resistance training machines in the hotel's
fully equipped gym, because high-powered guests work best after a
pampered: The intimate surroundings of one of the hotel's spa treatment
rooms, where guests can enjoy massages and, no doubt,
traditional holistic Chinese procedures like acupuncture
Guests can book in for treatments at the resort's holistic spa, which features a steam room, saunas and a
range of hydrotherapy pools. A fitness centre offers gym equipment, aerobics classes and massage treatments.
Sheraton said in a statement: 'The hotel’s numerous facilities are designed to help you stay busy or relax. Keep
in touch with home and the office via complimentary High Speed Internet Access; our business centre offers
additional support services.
'Maintain your workout regimen at our modern fitness centre, featuring state-of-the-art machines, cardiovascular
equipment, and a stretch area, or take a refreshing dip in our indoor or outdoor pools.
'Within a haven of tranquillity, pamper yourself with a treatment in our holistic Shine Spa for Sheraton.
Choose from a range of treatments that have originated throughout the world.'
'Ideal for large, lavish gatherings': The Grand Ballroom with banquet
set up, part of conference and meeting spaces at the Sheraton Huzhou
covering a total of 2,200sq/m
Versatile: The Grand Ballroom with classroom set up is pictured left. Right shows the luxurious foyer to the Grand Ballroom
Business-oriented: Salon 9 at the
Sheraton Huzhou with Reception Setup. The resort¿s event facilities are
equipped with state-of-the-art
audiovisual technology, and our planning and banquet teams will work with with clients on every detail
Gather the members of the board of directors: The Sheraton's Salon 7
with a U-shape desk configuration that would be perfect for high-powered
a special day: The Sheraton Huzhou's 1,600sq/m private wedding island.
The hotel employs a full time wedding coordinator to help
them guests ensure their big day goes smoothly
Tourists are well catered for too. For guests who want to celebrate a special day there is a 1,600sq/m private
wedding island and a full time wedding coordinator on hand to help them make sure it all goes smoothly.
And for those who merely want to take in the sites of Huzhou, a city dating back some 2,300 years, there is
the unique 8th-century Feiying Ta Pagoda, the 14th-century Temple of the Iron Buddha and the Anji Bamboo
set in beautiful forests showcasing more than 300 species where
visitors can learn about the history and culture of bamboo.
For nature lovers there is also Mogan Mountain; one of China’s best summer resorts, the picturesque area is filled
with wild bamboo, hundreds of springs and waterfalls, and some 200 villas representing various
architectural styles from all over the world.
Local attractions: An ancient door lock
on a building in Huzhou. The ancient metropolis dates back some 2,300
years and is hailed as
the birthplace of the Far East's famous tea culture
Huzhou's Water Village: The city also
boasts the unique 8th-century Feiying Ta Pagoda, the 14th-century Temple
of the Iron Buddha and
the Anji Bambbo Museum, set in beautiful forests showcasing more than 300 species
over the water: Visitors can enjoy nature at Lake Taihu. Famous for its
limestone formations, this scenic and popular attraction is
China¿s third-largest freshwater lake and home to about 90 islands
Visitors can enjoy more nature at Lake Taihu. Famous for its limestone formations, this scenic and
popular attraction is China’s third-largest freshwater lake and home to about 90 islands.
And golfers can play a round at the Huzhou Hot Springs Golf Club, rated the #1 golf course in China.
Rooms at the Sheraton Huzhou start from £285 per night.